I quite often hear mums say they are worried about baby led weaning because of a fear that their baby would "gag and choke".
What I spend ages explaining is that gagging is not the same as choking.
We all have a gag reflex, it is natures way of moving objects from the back of our throat back up into our mouths. Learning to move objects in this way is all part of the "oral control" that Gill Rapley says baby led weaning will promote.
Whilst I have no experience of George choking, I do have a lot of him gagging. He will often sit and in a way reminiscent of Steptoe hack and cough away whilst in his highchair. The offending article is then spat out, examined and put straight back into his mouth! Disgusting child.
I think at times that my ignoring this must look bizarre to a casual observer, as gagging is, at times, quite dramatic. But George has never got into any difficulty and I believe that my remaining calm has ensured he too has stayed calm.
They do seem to get better with experience, and the gagging gets less and less.
Stick with it, and remain calm!